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Old 08-12-2018, 11:57 AM
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Fitness and exercise thread

I know we used to have fitness threads on occasion and I didn't see any active ones, so I decided to fire one up.

For those who exercise regularly, what is your standard or favorite routine?

Anyone training for anything big?

What is working and what isn't?


For me, I'm newly into planking and wall sits. I love how quickly I progress but how challenging they are to do. And I love that they can fit into a very limited time window without being worthless.

I've also started really liking the Darebee workouts, many of which kick my butt.

I participate on another board that has formal challenges like races, and I got permission to see if we could do a fitness racing challenge in Thread Games. See here if that might be of interest to you: https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=860293

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There's a 2018 diet and exercise thread, but it's not very active.

I just added Korean Dips into my routine. They are hard as hell.
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:42 PM
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There's a 2018 diet and exercise thread, but it's not very active.

I just added Korean Dips into my routine. They are hard as hell.
I had to look those up. That's insane. I would be a gibbering mass of shoulder pain from those!

ETA: I didn't see the earlier thread. I'll try to find it.

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I do yoga and related activities several times a week.

Earlier this year I learned how to do a handstand, so the goal is to be able to do that without balancing off a wall.

My physiotherapist also recommends turkish get-ups, although I haven't done that in the past month.
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:33 AM
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I'm eating a low-carb diet, and I've lost 55 pounds since March. In addition to the diet I either walk 3.4 miles in 1:07, or I do work. For example, I cleaned out the (now demolished) travel trailer that was attached to the house and hauled stuff to the dump or the storage unit. We had a couple of maple trees cut down, and I spend a couple of hours on each of three days to move the logs from one side of the yard to the other and stack them. (Trees are heavy!) Or I'll spend 45 minutes mowing the lawns. So I either walk or do 'something' five days a week. (Two days a week are commuting days, so there's no exercise on those days.)
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:39 AM
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I don't exercise, in the sense that, if you ask me what I'm doing, there's never a time when my answer would be "exercising". But nearly everywhere I go, I go by bike, to the tune of 5-11 hours a week. It seems to work pretty well: While one might say "Ugh, I can't get my exercise in today", you're not likely to say "Ugh, I can't commute today".
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I've been doing a lot of obstacle training lately, which I adore because I feel like I'm ten years old at recess. I've been training with some incredibly talented people who run obstacle races competitively, have podium finishes, and were just up in Vermont at the North American OCR Championships. They've urged me to sign up for some races, but I haven't yet. I used to run obstacle races for fun, but not in the competitive waves. The fun of it was getting together and joking around with a group of people, and the idea of running with people who actually want to win a medal doesn't sound nearly as fun.

This past weekend, I was recruited by a guy (podium finisher -- said he got first place in his age group at his last race) to join his team for the Spartan Super. He explained that the way their team works is they typically try to stick together for the first half of a race, and then for the second half the best athletes haul ass and try to get a good time, since I think he said a team's placement in a race is determined by the time of the fastest four finishers. We exchanged contact info and he sent me the link to sign up for the team, but I'm still making up my mind.

I sort-of have asthma, which is to say that often during my annual physical my lungs are terrifically healthy without any medication, but certain things like dry air, exercise, and allergens can aggravate them. I have only had one asthma attack in my 31 years of living, and that was during a Spartan sprint. I was caught without my inhaler, since, like I said, I'd never had an asthma attack before (or since). I was lucky enough to be running with a group of friends, and a couple people in that group were EMTs, so I came out totally fine. But the idea of running that race again with a group of people I haven't met before makes me a bit uncomfortable, so I'm rolling the idea over in my head.
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Old 08-13-2018, 11:06 AM
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I do yoga and related activities several times a week.
I've been slowly losing flexibility, which, since I used to be practically a contortionist when I was in my 20s, was kind of a bummer. The PT who helped me with a back problem that was a holdover from pregnancy I waited way to long to work on suggested yoga. I was skeptical, because of all the "Omms," and chakra-talk I hear from friends who have done yoga, but I finally decided to try it. Well, there's some woo involved, but I ignore it, and it's helping with flexibility. Also, I'm finding out there's yoga, and there's yoga. By picking the right classes, I can find the ones that make me sweat.

The studio is just 15 minutes away by bicycle, so about three times a week, I bike over and bike back.

We also just adopted a shelter dog, and I do her morning walk, so I walk about 30 minutes a day, every day (unless there's torrential rain, but then she gets a longer walk the next day).

I also lift weights to make sure my upper body also gets exercised. I do that about 30 minutes 3 times a week. I do flies for lats and deltoids, military presses, biceps and triceps curls, and push-ups. I have a set of free weights, but they are one-handed dumbbells. I don't have a barbell set. I've get a cheap weight bench that holds up to the minor use I give it.

I'm not trying to win any contests. I just want to be healthy. I have heard horror stories of women who break hips, and have so little upper body strength, they can't do the rehab. I don't want to be that, but mainly, I'd like not to break a hip in the first place, so I eat right, and exercise, and with luck and good genes, I'm hoping to keep my bone density. My mother and grandmother both had good bone density. My maternal grandmother had her first bone density test that was borderline osteoporotic when she was 94. She was pissed. But she probably could have been getting more calcium in her diet, and anyway, more to the point, she made it all the way through her 70s and 80s with really good bone density. My mother only lived to 77, but her bone density tests were always good.

I don't know about my father's mother, but I know her general health was poor. Somehow she lived to be 86, though, but her general health had been poor all the time I was aware of it, which is to say, since her early 70s. She always followed doctors' orders, but she never did anything pre-emptive, which is to say, she let things get to a point where doctors were involved. She virtually never exercised, and was overweight. When I think of how she kept chugging on, even with everything that was wrong with her, I wonder what her health would have been like if she'd taken care of herself.
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I play tennis at a decently high level so I get out and hit 2-4 times a week for at least 2 hours at a time per session. Then another 2 days a week me and friend have a routine we do at university in our area. We run .25 miles on the track, then do 4 reps of running up and down the bleacher stairs (40 stairs to top), then we do 25 situps, 15 pushups, and 30 lunges. Then do it again for 4-6 times depending on how we feel.

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My physiotherapist also recommends turkish get-ups, although I haven't done that in the past month.
I had never heard of those, either! The name sounds like an outfit more than an exercise, but I can see why the exercise would be valuable whole-body work.
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I am training for the Invictus Games. My sports are cycling, swimming, archery and Wheelchair basketball (I am able-bodied). All of the sports are new to me in that I have not competed in any before, but I knew how to ride a bike, and swim. The Games are in October, in Sydney, Australia. I am biking to work regularly (40kms round trip), swimming laps (about 1000m), and shooting my recurve a few times a week. I do CrossFit with a buddy at work.

Basically, I am sore and tired all the time, but working hard to get in the best shape I can before I head Down Under (18 October).
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Old 08-13-2018, 05:56 PM
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I work with a personal trainer once a week for an hour, then repeat the workout on my own twice a week. I love Turkish get ups, although I can do only 3 on each side before collapsing. I ride my horse 3/4 times a week, sometimes just at a walk. But barn chores and grooming are a workout in themselves.
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Wow. Y'all are really hardcore. My fitness regimen is much less sophisticated: I run.

I run twice a week with a group out of a local running store, usually eight to ten miles. I also do a run on my own for about five miles, then a long run of 17 to 20 miles on Saturday mornings. So I get about 40 miles a week.

Ten years ago, my then-fiancée and I started Weight Watchers, to slim down for the wedding. For my exercise, I started walking, then race-walking, then full-out running. And I discovered something I'd never known: the joy of athleticism. Bought a pair of running shoes, entered a few races, and boom! I was hooked.

Now, ten years on, I'm down 70 pounds and four trouser sizes, and have medals from a dozen or so 5 and 10Ks, 6 half marathons, and two full marathons. (Of which I am inordinately proud.)

I do 110 push-ups every morning, but I suspect that the rest of you could still kick my ass.
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:03 PM
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I do 110 push-ups every morning, but I suspect that the rest of you could still kick my ass.
Trust me, I'm not hard core. I am a dilettante! I did 60 burpees a couple of weeks ago (for a challenge race like the one I was trying to start) and thought I was going to die.
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Old 08-14-2018, 09:13 AM
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Wow. Y'all are really hardcore. My fitness regimen is much less sophisticated: I run.

I run twice a week with a group out of a local running store, usually eight to ten miles. I also do a run on my own for about five miles, then a long run of 17 to 20 miles on Saturday mornings. So I get about 40 miles a week.
Tbh, running 17-20 miles in one go every weekend sounds more hardcore than anything else I've seen in this thread.
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Old 08-14-2018, 10:48 AM
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110 pushups every morning??? I couldn't even do 10.
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I rode 22kms in this morning, and my legs felt incredibly heavy and tired. I think (hope?) it is from the somewhat intense workout yesterday (25 rounds of 5 burpees and 5 over the shoulder slam balls). This is SUPPOSED to be getting easier.

Workout today is one of my most hated lifts - Snatch. Ugh, then 21 calorie row, 21 KB swings and 9 toes to bar - 4 rounds for time. It's supposed to storm today, so I may not be biking home (or maybe not all the way...)

1000m swim tonight. Man, I feel old.
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I've been veeeeery slowly implementing a very basic, simple exercise routine for myself. Plan is to walk about 5 miles, do 20 chin-ups, 50 push-ups, 100 jumping jacks, and ride the stationary bike for 30 minutes every day. Working up to the full workout; currently only at about one quarter of everything.
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Old 08-14-2018, 11:36 AM
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I've been doing a lot of obstacle training lately, which I adore because I feel like I'm ten years old at recess. I've been training with some incredibly talented people who run obstacle races competitively, have podium finishes, and were just up in Vermont at the North American OCR Championships. They've urged me to sign up for some races, but I haven't yet. I used to run obstacle races for fun, but not in the competitive waves. The fun of it was getting together and joking around with a group of people, and the idea of running with people who actually want to win a medal doesn't sound nearly as fun.

This past weekend, I was recruited by a guy (podium finisher -- said he got first place in his age group at his last race) to join his team for the Spartan Super. He explained that the way their team works is they typically try to stick together for the first half of a race, and then for the second half the best athletes haul ass and try to get a good time, since I think he said a team's placement in a race is determined by the time of the fastest four finishers. We exchanged contact info and he sent me the link to sign up for the team, but I'm still making up my mind.

I sort-of have asthma, which is to say that often during my annual physical my lungs are terrifically healthy without any medication, but certain things like dry air, exercise, and allergens can aggravate them. I have only had one asthma attack in my 31 years of living, and that was during a Spartan sprint. I was caught without my inhaler, since, like I said, I'd never had an asthma attack before (or since). I was lucky enough to be running with a group of friends, and a couple people in that group were EMTs, so I came out totally fine. But the idea of running that race again with a group of people I haven't met before makes me a bit uncomfortable, so I'm rolling the idea over in my head.
First, I love the idea of the obstacle training. I would be a disaster as I have no coordination, but I think it looks like such fun.

Could you take an inhaler if you race again? I have never had an asthma attack, so I don't know how much warning you'd have and if the inhaler could head it off at the pass, so to speak.

I hope you're able to come up with some way to pursue whatever your goal may end up being.
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My trainer has been pushing me hard, so I feel like I'm great shape, but I've gained weight since my last round of dieting. I'm going to restart the diet and see if I can drop a few pounds over the next weeks.
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2017 was an awful year for me. I had multiple health issues that prevented me from focusing on fitness and diet. And these are things that are typically high on my list of personal priorities. Now that I have resolved (most) of the health issues, I find myself on the road to reclaiming my fitness. It's a humbling road. I am not strong like I'm used to, I tire out sooner than I'm used to and I just do not like it! It's a long, tiresome, achy road. But I am nothing if not determined and I will get back to my former self. It's just humbling to start so far back.
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:11 PM
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Also, I'm finding out there's yoga, and there's yoga. By picking the right classes, I can find the ones that make me sweat.
The woo at my studio limited to saying 'Namaste' at the end of some classes, and reminders to be mindful and present, which is generally a good idea if standing on one leg with arms outstretched and doing squats.
I have one teacher who gets mildly upset if we don't trade quips or at least ask questions during class ("You're not making kissy noises when doing a moving plank" "SMOOCH")

There's also the whole hot yoga/regular temp yoga thing. I don't work out in a sauna.

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I had never heard of those, either! The name sounds like an outfit more than an exercise, but I can see why the exercise would be valuable whole-body work.
If you're going to start, start with no weight at all until you get the hang of the movement. It's convoluted and you can injure yourself by doing it incorrectly while holding weights.
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If you're going to start, start with no weight at all until you get the hang of the movement. It's convoluted and you can injure yourself by doing it incorrectly while holding weights.
I think I'm not at that level right now, but I'm going to add them to my mental list for the future.
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Boot Camp starts up again for me after Labor Day. It's stressful getting up that early, but it's also stressful trying to make sure I get out of work on time to get to my afternoon classes. As it turns out I'm going to have to miss one next week because of a late meeting.

I'm tracking my food more consistently again on Sparkpeople.com. I was getting a bit lax and I want to get it under control again. My clothes still fit, but I want to make sure they stay that way.
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I am trying to put on some size. I'm having a hell of a time cracking 170lb, although I think I may have finally done it.
I get little sympathy from people when I tell them of my trouble gaining weight...
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Old 08-21-2018, 06:35 PM
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Good thread My fitness has been declining since I turned 45, and this year I decided to get serious about it.

For cardio (and fun) I go dancing on Mon and Thurs, I do yoga on Tuesday and Friday and strength training the other days. I had a personal trainer for a while, but I've got a kid on college...

I've seem some improvement in strength, but flexibility is still an issue. There seems to be a tradeoff ?

My favorite new strength exercise is the reverse lunge

http://www.stack.com/a/why-reverse-l...forward-lunges

A good variant is to lift the opposite arm with a small weight as the leg goes back.
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It's Leg Day for me. The routine:

Warmup:
10 bodyweight squats
2x5 walking lunges
10 leg swings
2x5 Good Mornings/bent-over rows

Workout:
3x10 weighted sumo squats
4x6 speed skaters
3x8 Romanian deadlifts
100 calf raises, in as few sets as possible
2x10 walking lunges

I'm a fat sack of crap, so that pretty much does it for me.
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Oh, the wonderful world of fitness.....

Back when I was a teenager, I was FIT. My metabolism was legendary, I could run marathons. Oh, those were the days. Then college and my 20s and 30s happened. My 5'6" frame went from 120 to 140 at the end of college. I'm 32 now and currently 160.

From size 2 in high school to size 10 (on a good day) now. Ugh..... Can't seem to lose a pound.


These days, I'll stick to the stationary bike. It keeps my weight in check, at least. Since I started college, I went from being skinny to "skinny fat", with a bit of a belly and thighs that are a bit thicker than I would like. I also did some strength training, but gave it up a bit after some muscle soreness.
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13.4 miles on my bike today on gravel trails @ leisurely 11 mph. I'll consider that progress since I just got a bike a month ago
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For those who exercise regularly, what is your standard or favorite routine?
I exercise at lunchtime at work, Monday through Friday. I have two workout routines, and I alternate days. The routines are as follows:

A. Running 4.5 miles outside.

B. Lifting weights at the gym. Exercises include bench pressing w/ dumbbells, squats, curls, and sit-ups.

This week it is ABABA. Next week it will be BABAB. etc.

I'm 50, if that matters.
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Today was getting back into the pool. It’s always tough because the chlorine smell and locker rooms are a big trigger for me.

Still, most of my 25m laps were in the 13-17sec range, so if I can keep that up and get my turn fast, I could maybe do something there.
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For those who exercise regularly, what is your standard or favorite routine?
I walk, every day. At work, I go out for a 15-minute walk about every two hours; I figure if people can do that just to smoke, I can do it to improve myself. I put in my headphones and just walk around the building. Each walk is about 3/4 of a mile.

On weekends, I try to get my 10,000 steps in early, so I go to the gym in the morning and walk for an hour on the treadmill (yes, walking outside is free, but it's too damn hot right now).

Four days a week, I do resistance stuff. I do it Sun-Mon, take Tuesday off, then Wed-Thur, and that leaves my Friday and Saturday nights free. The workouts go like this:
Sunday: Chest
Monday: Shoulders
Wednesday: Legs
Thursday: Arms

I need to start sneaking abs/core stuff in here somewhere; I'll probably start adding that on Saturday morning before the long walking session.

And since Crafter mentioned his age, I'm 45. Still a fat sack of crap, but improvements are being made.
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Old 08-23-2018, 11:24 AM
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I do bodyweight exercises (pullups and tricep dips) 3 times a week, and I walk about an hour a day. And I'm on a flag football team, with a game or practice once a week in Fall and Spring. I'm the oldest guy on the team, and probably the least athletic, but for my age (late 30s) I think I'm in pretty good shape, particularly from a strength perspective.
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I have been told that if your muscles are a little sore the day after lifting, you did it right.

Pain in the joints, on the other hand, is not a good sign.
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When I was young, I was quite muscular. I swam, danced, did gymnastics. Then life happened. Then kidney disease happened. I was ill last year and lost 40lbs; however, a lot of it was muscle. I went from having gorgeous legs to having pencils. I was so weak, just walking 20 yards exhausted me. I also spent too much time on the couch, feeling miserable.
Now that my daughter has moved out, I've been dragging my sister to the gym almost every night. She really enjoys exercising in the pool, so we'll do that for an hour. While she relaxes in the hot tub afterwards, I'll swim laps. Other nights I'll do Zumba, Oula Yoga, or a class horribly called "Active Together". It's a combo cardio/weights/stretching that I really enjoy. In the past two months, I've only lost 10lbs, BUT I am getting my legs back.
I've tried the treadmill and I get too bored. It's been too hot to go hiking outdoors. Because of my health issues, anything with impact is out and running is a no go.
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When I was young, I was quite muscular. I swam, danced, did gymnastics. Then life happened. Then kidney disease happened. I was ill last year and lost 40lbs; however, a lot of it was muscle. I went from having gorgeous legs to having pencils. I was so weak, just walking 20 yards exhausted me. I also spent too much time on the couch, feeling miserable.
Now that my daughter has moved out, I've been dragging my sister to the gym almost every night. She really enjoys exercising in the pool, so we'll do that for an hour. While she relaxes in the hot tub afterwards, I'll swim laps. Other nights I'll do Zumba, Oula Yoga, or a class horribly called "Active Together". It's a combo cardio/weights/stretching that I really enjoy. In the past two months, I've only lost 10lbs, BUT I am getting my legs back.
I've tried the treadmill and I get too bored. It's been too hot to go hiking outdoors. Because of my health issues, anything with impact is out and running is a no go.
You might find the Darebee workouts useful: https://darebee.com/ There are so many that you can find something for any body part and not get bored. (I mean, you may not like the style of workout, but there's a lot of variety if you do.)

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You might find the Darebee workouts useful: https://darebee.com/ There are so many that you can find something for any body part and not get bored. (I mean, you may not like the style of workout, but there's a lot of variety if you do.)
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Old 10-13-2018, 12:32 AM
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Here's a progress pic from 10/11.

I'm trying to lean out, and working on getting more definition.
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I leveled up!

You know, when you've been working for a while and all of a sudden you can achieve noticably more than before? I call it leveling up.

Two weeks ago I set out on a trail run, not sure how long I would go. I ended up doing 9 miles, which is my longest trail run in a couple years since I hurt myself.

Then the next day, I was feeling good so I decided to ride my bike 20 miles, which was my farthest bike ride by about 5 miles.

The NEXT day...well, I was worthless because by that time I was whipped.

4 mile stroller run today and then I'll try another 20 on the bike tomorrow.
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I rode 22kms in this morning, and my legs felt incredibly heavy and tired. I think (hope?) it is from the somewhat intense workout yesterday (25 rounds of 5 burpees and 5 over the shoulder slam balls). This is SUPPOSED to be getting easier.
It is my understanding that in cycling it doesn't get easier, you just get faster.
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